Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jun 23, 2014
My only Budgie was a pretty blue-green male named Sammy. We owned him when I was a young adult still living with my parents.
We kept him in a large cage on top of the mantel, and provided him with climbing bars, mirrors and other toys. We kept his wings clipped so he could be brought out and we trained him to come to us, perching on a finger or on someone's head!
We loved the little chirps and noises he made throughout the day. A budgie is a nice pet for those with little interactive time, as they can be put away in their homes whenever necessary.
Cleanup was a daily chore and I do have to list this as a minor drawback. As with any bird, there was a lot of mess involving droppings and spilled food and water. Budgies in particular are nervous little birds who do a lot of skittish pacing and fluttering all day long, which often leads to food and droppings thrown from or dispersed by accident to the surrounding surfaces outside the cage.
Budgies are short lived by nature, but a lot more hardy and resilient than you'd think. Sammy survived having his entire tail and rear bitten off by our Siamese cat, who got his cage open by knocking it off the mantel. Sammy not only survive and regenerated all of his tail section and feathers, but weathered the emotional and nervous system shock quite well. However, for your birds sake, please do not own a Budgie if you also own a cat!!!
I would buy another Budgie quite happily and recommend them as relatively low maintenance, friendly, and interactive little friends!